Honda CBR 1000RR Fireblade Repsol
Honda has chosen a path of evolution rather than revolution in developing their 20th Anniversary Fireblade. Already a well-honed product, engineers have turned their focus to implementing the latest improvements in suspension technology along with some aesthetic tweaks to keep the Fireblade fresh.
Tasty new 12-spoke rims and a few nips and tucks across the Fireblade’s flanks and nose have definitely provided a fresh face and profile, with the white coloured model particularly tasteful.
An updated rear shock features improved damping circuits that allow for a smoother transition between compression and rebound, translating to a smoother ride and improved traction. The science makes sense and on the track the benefits are felt, as I am sure they would be on the road (we only rode on track) in regards to bump compliance: very handy on Australia’s pock marked roads.
The Showa shock damping circuitry is much the same as Ohlins’ widely heralded… Read more